Sunday, June 14, 2009

Pizza Hut Style Breadsticks



I have always been in love with Pizza Hut breadsticks. When I was growing up, Sunday night was Pizza Night in our family and my brother and I would beg for my dad to order breadsticks. Then in high school, my friend and I would stop by the local Pizza Hut for some breadsticks as a snack. (Ahhh the carb loving, high-producing metabolism days)

Fast forward to today, and my husband and I can not get a Pizza Hut to deliver to our house. We call 4 locations, and none of them deliver to our house. We seem to live in the dead zone where the delivery areas do not overlap. Seriously, in this day and age, to live in a semi-metropolis area and NOT get delivery from Pizza Hut? That's just weird.

So that's why I jumped at the chance to try these breadsticks at home when I saw the recipe at Mommy's Kitchen. I didn't have any nonfat dry milk powder, but I googled and found this page about just using milk instead of the water. I used 1 1/2 cups hot milk instead of water and left out the milk powder.

I whipped these up on a Friday night, and I got a little sloppy crazy in the kitchen with the flour while kneading and rolling . The words "disaster area" were brought up when my husband walked in the door, but all I could focus on was how wonderful the breadsticks smelled.


The verdict?
Yum, yummy.....I ate them with marinara sauce as my dinner. That's right....that's all I ate for my WHOLE dinner. Yummy. And my husband liked them too, and said they tasted pretty darn close to the the 'Hut.

Pizza Hut Style Breadsticks
recipe adapted from Mommy's Kitchen

1 1/2 cup hot water
2 Tb sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 tablespoon yeast
3 cup flour
1/3 cup melted butter

Topping:
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt(or less to taste)
1 tablespoon oregano

Dissolve sugar, salt and dry milk in hot water. Add enough flour (1 cup) to make a soupy mixture. When the mixture is no longer hot but still warm add the yeast and stir well. Then add the rest of the flour, enough to form a moderately stiff dough. Knead the dough until smooth.

Roll dough into a rectangular shape the size of your baking pan. Spread half of the butter onto the baking pan, then place your dough into the pan and spread the remaining butter on top of the dough. Top the bread sticks with combined topping. Cut the dough into bread sticks with a pizza cutter and let raise for 10-15 min. Bake at 350 degrees for 20- 25 min.

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